SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — This weekend dozens of boats will pack Southport for the Seventh Annual Wooden Boat Show. The show, however, is more than about showing off boats. It’s also a way to honor the area’s past.
If it’s history you’re after, you can find that any day of the year at The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport.
The museum features not only history on the water, but how the water played a history in Southport.
From fishing to boat making, the now sleepy Southport used to be a booming fishing town.
“In Southport, in one way or another, you were tied into the fishing industry,” said Lori Sanderlin, the museum’s education curator. “Whether you were driving the ice trucks, or shrimping or fishing for menhaden, or if you were pulling the nets, picking crabs, heading shrimping, you were involved in the fisheries industry.”
While it’s not what it used to be, the fishing industry is still alive in Southport.
You can help keep it alive by buying and eating local seafood.